An Astronomer passionate about effective & engaging data visualization

Photo by Karolina Szczur taken at CCSConfAU 2016

Hi! My name is Nadieh Bremer, which is pronounced more like Na-di, so forget about that eh at the end. Nice to see you here! Let me explain a bit more about myself and how I got to where I am now.

I’m a freelancing data visualization designer and artist, working from a small town near Amsterdam, with a background in data science. In 2011 I graduated as an Astronomer from the University of Leiden. Looking for more tangible and dynamic work I left the world of academia and worked as an analytics consultant at Deloitte for four years.

It took me a while to figure out that, although I liked doing data analysis, I loved the visualization of the analysis and insights. In my evenings and weekends I started teaching myself about the subject of data visualization and I also started creating personal projects. A year later in 2015 I got the opportunity to join Adyen as a full-time data visualization designer. There I worked on designing & building dashboards and other data visualizations for their client environment.

However, after a year I figured out that my passion lies with the more creative kind of data visualization, not dashboards. Therefore, I quit my job to become a freelancing data visualization designer to explore if there is a market for unique and captivating visualizations of data. If you’d like, you can read this blog for a more thorough story about my journey from Astronomy to Dataviz.

My projects include both web-based interactive visualizations, frequently using a storytelling technique to show insights into complex data and static visualizations that typically allow a bit more freedom in their design. I also like to explore the world of data art. Something that wouldn’t look bad hanging on a wall, or that can be used as branding or marketing material. If you like my designs you can also get prints of some of my works.

Besides creating visualization I love to spread my enthusiasm for good data visualization by speaking at meetups and conferences and I also hold workshops on how to create creative & effective data visualization.

If you’re interested in my projects & experiments, please feel free to contact me to find out how we might work together!

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Playful Data Data Visualization for Success

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